Alcove

4.6
929 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
A welcoming neighborhood restaurant on the edge of Boston’s West End, Alcove is filled with comfortable American fare and great cocktails from hospitality veteran Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli. Located on the water and with spectacular views of the Zakim Bridge!

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 929 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CityDining
New England
6 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Apps were okay (Brussels sprouts, fries and mozzarella - although it was like warm). Mac and cheese didn’t have any flavor and two of us got the bucatini which also didn’t have any flavor and was incredibly watery. We have had good food here but tonight was off.

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Cropp
New England
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Reservation, outdoor seating, ability to specify indoor vs outdoor dining, and service gets an A

But like many restaurants with a view after that it falls short. Overall response from a group of 7 with varied dishes is the flavor was bland and Italian items over cooked. I had room for dessert but wasn’t interested after the app and main were a let down.

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Chrssy
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Worst fried chicken sandwich I’ve ever had, way too much slaw and the chicken quality was just bad. My daughter loved the Mac n cheese

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vipWAG4404
New England
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on the huge outdoor patio which mitigated some of the noise when we ate inside on a previous occasion. A very fun tapas menu with a wide variety of menu choices. Loved the 4 varieties of oysters!
Everything we ordered was shareable and delicious.

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surprised
New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside and it was lovely. The patio area also benefits from its location- unlike all the other restaurants that have developed seating which is literally on the street. This is quiet!

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AliJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a beautiful day at Alcove. We really enjoyed the outside seating and the beautiful view. The restaurant was wonderful in accommodating a large party for a graduation. The food was fantastic and everyone was able to have what they wanted (e.g. kids, adults, veegtarians, pescatarians, margarita-heads, etc). The only reason we didn't give 5 stars for everything is that service was a little slow. It was a very busy day and quite windy so many parties had to move inside so I give the staff a lot of props and some leeway.

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TSPK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. Great view. Great food. Great drinks.

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vipJeannie
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great setting, but felt very rushed to order and leave well before our allotted 90 minutes was even close to being up.

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Erin
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The service was very slow, and very awkward. The wait staff as well as the receptionist/ manager were not friendly. The food was mediocre, small serving sizes for higher end prices. The drinks were not good :(

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is just the best of the best every time. Service, food, ambiance all top notch.

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DanielM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Waited 45 minutes to order our food

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vipDaveN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great wine selection and delicious food. Worth the visit

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GabrielleH
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alcove is a great spot right on the water. The food was great and the service was attentive.

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JeremyW
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Service was good. Drinks were too sweet even after noting that the first drink was too sweet. Sauce on the food was too heavy. Chicken sandwiches are hard to screw up, but it just was not good. We were hungry and it was hard to finish the food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The server was great,but the food took over an hour and thirty minutes to arrive due to a large party at the restaurant. The server provided wine and dessert as a complimentary service so that was nice.

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CristinM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a late lunch/early dinner at Alcove with children. The patio was a great option for us - low key yet still a nice meal for the parents. The fish tacos were delivious, the drinks even better!

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vipKPMedical
New England
27 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Great views and location. The food was good the service was a slow. We couldn't get outside reservations so we ate inside but this place is really all about the view. The drinks were great overall we had a good time and enjoyed the night. I would definitely recommend it.

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Joseph
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zucchini fritters were amazing. Looking forward to more fresh seafood this summer

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Alcove and it’s staff provided a wonderful evening of dinner and drinks! Can’t wait to go back again!

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vipKayO
New England
27 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the patio and bar!

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vipMhboston
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alcove is our favorite restaurant in Boston. The menu changes and varies. The food and service is terrific. Alcove offered take out throughout Covid restrictions and also has outdoor dining w a view of the water. The staff are friendly and accommodating and the Owner is on site greeting diners.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great!

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Jayson
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very disappointed how they tried to rush you out the door after 68 mins and never explained the 90 minute rule when they seat you. 1. They seated me early but I did not asked them to since I arrived early and my guest was on time. Unbeknownst to me they started the clock at seating. 2. They never explained the rule and 3. They abruptly gave have us the check and said we need to leave because our time is up! From the reservation time to them giving us the check it was 68. Food was not great the fritter was too salty and the salmon was over cooked. First and last time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was so friendly, the food was incredible, drinks were perfect. The steak special and soft shell crab were super tasty.

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tootsie
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the patio setting. Food was very good and service exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience, the service was amazing. Food was great and the drinks were delicious.

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vipActondad
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Food is very good. We ate outside because we made reservations before they relaxed the covid restrictions. It was loud. It's right by the Zakim bridge and on that day the wind was whipping off the harbor. It was a wild meal - from an environmental perspective - menus, napkins and all sorts of stuff flying off the the tables. But, it was worth it because the food is very good.

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vipKateM
New England
89 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for brunch, highly recommend the egg white frittata. Staff friendly and comply with all safety measures. One of my favorite places in the neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Ambience is very nice but the food quality is getting worse and worse. Presentation is poor and taste is not great. Especially their daily specials. Do not recommend.

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vipKateM
New England
89 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place and location, great food, friendly, professional staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio in a fabulous urban setting. Service was exceptional and the food was great.

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PeterC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great spot

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vipfishlover
New England
63 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

where do I start?
the menu changes just enough so you can try to new things
the wine and cocktails are outstanding
the service is warm and attentive
Tom is one special host, and his team shares his passion
Kudos to the pandemic response
Food was awesome, creative or simple whatever is your jam
Cannot wait to be back and check out their market again.
YOU SHOULD GO!

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RachelO
New England
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vibes were good! Friendly staff, great table seat outside with a view, didn’t feel rushed, and my compliments to the chef on the salmon!

KM
vipKateM
New England
89 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Like this place very much, not my best visit this time but great food and location.

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BrendanC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Pre Celtics game

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JayW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my first restaurant dining experience in months. The dinner at Alcove was pleasant. The food was fantastic (anything with seafood or veggies I would highly recommend). The outdoor seating had a pleasant river view. It's quite windy so I'd recommend dinners to bring a jacket.

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jarilynr
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

such a beautiful restaurant with an even better view

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CambridgeFoodie
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

First of all, we wanted to make sure that it would be comfortable outside and Sarah was
very helpful. I called her two nights before and she said, too windy, everyone but two tables moved outside. The night before I bothered her again and she was great and said that it was an outside night. I got the idea not just to check the hourly temperature but
also the wind! Ours was just a fine light jacket necessary.The staff was very fine and attentive.
The menu was limited and the food was not what I'd call delicious memorable, rather okay. It's clearly the view of the Zakim bridge and the water that is the star. We spent $175 for two, each a drink and a main course, sharing
a dessert and he had a cappuccino. Add parking and it was a $200 evening--not that wonderful for that amount. I'm comparing it to our second choice for that night, Alden and Harlow where the food is much better. I'd suggest it to a friend who wants a different ambiance doesn't care about food and spends a lot going out.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Alcove using the Order Online button. Alcove also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 248-0050.

Alcove is rated 4.6 stars by 929 OpenTable diners.

Alcove does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/alcove/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.